Hous­ton, We Have Bil­lion­aires

MORE THAN A DOZEN OF THE WORLD’S WEALTH­I­EST PEO­PLE ARE RAC­ING TO COM­MER­CIAL­IZE SPACE, BUILD­ING EV­ERY­THING FROM RE­US­ABLE SPACE­SHIPS TO 3-D-PRINTED ROCK­ETS TO MICROSATELLITES AND IN­TER­STEL­LAR PROBES.

Forbes - - RICHES SELF-MADE WOMEN -

1. SpaceX

ELON MUSK, FOUNDER Rock­ets and space­craft for cargo and hu­mans. STA­TUS: over 50 suc­cess­ful com­mer­cial launches.

2. Vir­gin Galac­tic

RICHARD BRAN­SON, FOUNDER Space­craft launched from air­planes for peo­ple (Galac­tic) and satel­lites (Or­bit).

STA­TUS: in test­ing.

3. Rel­a­tiv­ity Space

MARK CUBAN, IN­VESTOR 3-D-printed rock­ets. STA­TUS: in de­vel­op­ment.

4. Blue Ori­gin

JEFF BE­ZOS, FOUNDER Rock­ets and cap­sules for hu­man space­flight.

STA­TUS: mul­ti­ple suc­cess­ful launches to sub­or­bital space.

5. Stra­to­launch

PAUL ALLEN, FOUNDER Space­craft launched from world’s largest air­plane.

STA­TUS: in test­ing.

6. Sierra Ne­vada Corp.

EREN OZ­MEN AND FATIH OZ­MEN, OWN­ERS Re­us­able space­craft for cargo. STA­TUS: in test­ing.

7. Planet

YURI MIL­NER, IN­VESTOR Builds small Earth-imag­ing satel­lites and sells the data.

STA­TUS: over 100 in or­bit.

8. Plan­e­tary Re­sources

ERIC SCH­MIDT AND LARRY PAGE, IN­VESTORS As­ter­oid min­ing.

STA­TUS: launched test satel­lites, but funding woes are de­lay­ing time­line.

9. Kymeta

BILL GATES, IN­VESTOR An­ten­nas for satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

STA­TUS: com­mer­cially available.

10. OneWeb

RI­CARDO SALI­NAS, RICHARD BRAN­SON AND SU­NIL MIT­TAL, IN­VESTORS Satel­lite in­ter­net provider.

STA­TUS: ini­tial launch tar­geted for end of 2018.

11. Break­through Starshot

YURI MIL­NER, IN­VESTOR Non­profit send­ing hun­dreds of tiny space­craft to Al­pha Cen­tauri.

STA­TUS: in de­vel­op­ment.

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